Saturday, May 31, 2008
-- Participant feedback survey for Telus Walk to Cure Diabetes, Friday May 30 2008
Correction: British Columbia. I was asked to select my province from a list of Canada's provinces, all of which were spelled correctly except for the one I needed to choose. I would've loved a none of the above option. Or an other option with a blank space where I could have written the province's name correctly.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
-- Handy Appliances advertisement on page E14 in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday May 28 2008
Come see on of our "NON COMMISSIONED" sales staff members today!
-- Handy Appliances website, Wednesday May 28 2008
Corrections: we're overstocked; see one of; non-commissioned (use italics or bold for emphasis, not text-yelling all-caps nor unnecessary quotation marks.)
- San Remo Artichockes in Water
- On the Vine Tomoatoes
Corrections: Artichokes; Tomatoes.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
-- Firefighter's son guilty in Metronews Vancouver, Wednesday May 28 2008
Is the father's job title, Off-Duty Firefighter? No, therefore start the article with, The son of a firefighter..., and mention later in the article that the father was off-duty. That fact is only relevant if the father was off-duty and involved in the donnybrook, which he was, so the opening sentence/paragraph (seen above) should make that clear.
-- "Crosby's a media darling" in 24 Hours Vancouver, Tuesday May 27 2008
I've posted several errors that involve this misuse of begs the question. It does not mean what the writer above thinks it means.
Do you take rejection personally?
- Depends how its phrased
-- Page 2 of 24 Hours Vancouver, Tuesday May 27 2008I often see an apostrophe in its when it shouldn't be there; not seeing an apostrophe in its when one should be there is rare. It's likely that several thousand pairs of eyes saw this error, and didn't recognize it as such, therefore it's no wonder it's and its are used haphazardly by so many people.
Monday, May 26, 2008
-- Haggling on Wikipedia, Monday May 26 2008
Who knew that automobiles are uninformed buyers? I thought they regularly did oodles of research and were always very well informed. Replace automobiles with a group of people - say, Yankees fans - and see what happens..
Sunday, May 25, 2008
-- Whole Foods Market advertisement on page EW35 in The Vancouver Courier, Friday May 23 2008
Correction: FORTUNE's. On this webpage, see the brief blurb under the headline.
-- Auction advertisement on page EW12 in The Vancouver Courier, Friday May 23 2008
I believe the ad is trying for hundreds of Persian silk and wool carpets, but what they got was something unknown belonging to one hundred.
-- Vancouver Art Gallery Krazy! for comics in The Vancouver Courier, Friday May 23 2008
Correction: 20 to 100 dollars. However, I was taught that in published work one should write out the numbers, as in, twenty to one hundred dollars.
-- Historic films unearthed in The Vancouver Courier, Friday May 23 2008
Correction: Either a squatter's shacks, or, more likely, squatters' shacks.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
-- Bottom of Whitecaps Soccer Camps advertisement on page E14 in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday May 21 2008
The deadline had passed more than a month before the paper hit the street. I think it's time to update the ad.
-- Liking Biking: Mike on a Bike health advertisement on page E21 in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday May 21 2008
Correction: seems to work better.
-- Lantern procession extinguished in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday May 21 2008
Correction: Public Dreams'. Later in the article, the apostrophe is correctly placed: Public Dreams' core funding comes from.... Therefore, a 50% grade. Maybe the writer figured do it once both ways and at least it'll be correct once.
-- Photo caption on page 29 in Metronews Vancouver, Thursday May 22 2008
Correction: Cate Blanchett. Her name is misspelled the same way in the pre-article box listing the three main stars of the movie.
-- Bottom-of-screen tidbit on CityTV news, Thursday May 22 2008
Are they potentially redesigning the street today, or are they voting today? It's the latter, so today should be after voting. According to this site, Vancouver City Council approved "the re-design concepts and budget for the re-construction of Granville Street expected to start this Fall".
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
-- Banana Grove Market & Deli advertisement on page E07 in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday May 21 2008
PORK SIRLON ROAST.
-- Meat option on Banana Grove Market & Deli's website
Corrections: TOP SIRLOIN STEAKS; PORK SIRLOIN ROAST. Though if you were face-to-face with a male lion, calling him sir - or even top sir - wouldn't be a bad thing. Especially if you were throwing steak in one direction while running in the opposite direction.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Corrections: SPICY; COMBOS. Hundreds of these menus on the counter to take home. While I've since learned that spicey is an acceptable spelling of the word, Splitz Grill's big on-the-wall menu has the item listed as Spicy Lentil Burger. Consistency is important so I'm still including spicey as a detected error.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Of all the performances, [Cate] Blanchett has the most fun and fairs best in her role, which is modelled after the Dylan of D.A. Pennebaker's Don't Look Back.
-- Indulgent Dylans blow in the wind in The Vancouver Courier, Friday May 16 2008
Corrections: reluctance to do interviews; fares best.
-- Leisure Guide 2008: Summer Edition by the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation
Correction: our facilities offer.
-- B.C. man tells of surviving grizzly attack on CTV.ca, Saturday May 17 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
Corrections: [Chris] Osgood: 19/22 .864 SV %; [Marty] Turco: 33/34 .971 SV %
Where on earth did TSN get their numbers?! Both goalies were in the net for all the goals against (so no empty netters). See here.
-- Global BC's Noon News Hour, Wednesday May 14 2008
Correction: LIVE: CRANBROOK. Near the end of the video the error is corrected. From Calgary to Cranbrook in less than thirty seconds?! Inconceivable! This is the first video on Detected Errors.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
-- 10 questions: Young and Sexy and the city in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday May 14 2008
Correction: Either you included or you're included.
To support the Vancouver Marathon based on it's non-profit status.
-- One of several options to choose from as "Powerful" Motivators.
To try and improve my marathon time.
-- One of several options to choose from as Primary Motivations to register in any future marathon event.
Correction: To try to improve...
Often British Columbia, is associated with Inuit art, coastal water, mountains and other beautiful sites. Inuit art has frequently been used on Vancouver Marathon medals, promotions, artwork, etc.
-- Intro to question about what, if any, other images should be used.
Correction: Often British Columbia is associated...
Very dissatsfied; Somewhat Dissatisfied; ...
-- Two of several optional answers to the question, How would you rate your OVERALL satisfaction with the Vancouver Marathon?
Correction: Very dissatisfied. Plus, the two dissatisfieds should have capitalisation consistency.
How would you rate the IMPORTANCE of offering the following type of activities in achieving your ultimate event experience"?
-- A survey question
Correction: Add an opening quotation mark or omit the existing one.
Overall, did participation in the Vancouver Marathon by the sponsors' mentioned in Q6 and Q7 have any impact on your perception or behavior towards them? ... Deminished perception of sponsors.
-- A survey question and one possible answer.
Corrections: sponsors (no apostrophe in plurals); Diminished.
Did you, or your friends/family, support any Vancouver community businesses, before, during or after the marathon as a result of the Vancouver Marathon?
-- A survey question
Correction: any Vancouver community businesses before, during...
2 Adidas Althletic Prize Packs; 2 VIP Vancouver Marathon Registration Prize packs including 1 entry to any of the 2009 events (excluding Team Relay), 1 photo package, 1 massage service ticket, 2 pasta party tickets, 2 VIP passes, 2 VIP receitption invites.
-- Draw prizes for filling out the survey
Corrections: 2 Adidas Athletic Prize Packs; 2 VIP reception invites.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
-- Snakes Alive in Sports Illustrated, Monday May 12 2008
Correction: remove the first a.
-- Prostate Cancer Foundation advertisement on page 63 in Sports Illustrated, Monday May 12 2008
Here's my thought: What was everyone doing in my seat?
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Princeton University Press has recalled all copies of one of its spring titles after discovering more than 90 spelling and grammar errors in the 245-page work. The book, Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District, by Peter Moskos, was published on Thursday in an initial press run of 4,000 copies. In what appears to be a first, the press plans to reprint the book and have it back in stores later this month, after the errors have been corrected.
Mr. Moskos is an assistant professor of law, police science, and criminal-justice administration at the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice. From 1999 to 2001, as part of his graduate work in sociology at Harvard University, he worked as a police officer in Baltimore.
No one alleges any wrongdoing by Mr. Moskos, nor has the book’s factual substance been impugned. The errors came to light when the author’s friends and family members began sending him lists of the numerous spelling and grammatical mistakes they had noticed.
“I was flabbergasted and embarrassed,” said Peter Dougherty, the press’s director. “This is a terribly embarrassing matter for Princeton University Press.” He added, “We’re very proud of the book, which makes the embarrassment all the greater.”
He said that Mr. Moskos’s manuscript had been given to an inexperienced copy editor who failed to do the job properly. “We take a lot of pride in the quality of our copy editing,” he said, citing the publisher’s 103-year track record. “In this case, we messed up very, very badly.” Asked how much the recall would cost, Mr. Dougherty replied, “a lot.”
Mr. Moskos has been writing about the episode on his blog. In an interview, he said that he suspected the errors appeared in the original manuscript and slipped by the copy editor. The press’s response, he said, showed “a lot of professionalism.” He added, “Colleagues I’ve spoken to have said, ‘Man, I wish my publisher would correct my errors!’”
[Article found here.]
Friday, May 9, 2008
-- Race for mayor up in the air in The Vancouver Courier, Friday May 9 2008
-- Business card-type with info for Mongolie Vegetarian Tofu at Mongolie Grill, May 2008
Correction: broccoli, which is spelled correctly in the food selection area. There was a large collection of these available at the front counter - a few hundred, no doubt.
Thursday, May 8, 2008
-- Japan enriches student’s life in Metronews Vancouver, Weekend September 14-16 2007.
Corrections: rite of passage; is a simple. Oddly, the subheadline of the article is, Experience from overseas can be a rite of passage. Go figure. Also odd: the tangible copy of this article has, is a simple. I browsed this newspaper while on my work break this morning. I didn't notice the out-of-date-edness of it until writing this post.
Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Corrections: first 100 Moms shopping; Kids Arts & Crafts. Plurals = no apostrophe.
2881 Shaugnessy Street (Corner of Lougheed & Shaugnessy)
-- Mr. Pet's advertisement on page E09 in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday May 7 2008
Corrections: Chuck It; Shaughnessy.
Make your reservation for our famous Mothers Days Brunch.
Please RVSP to...
-- Amica at Arbutus Manor advertisement on page E21 in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday May 7 2008
Corrections: walk-in showers; Mother's Day Brunch; RSVP.
-- Never a doll moment for White Sox, who face blowup doll backlash on Sympatico / MSN Sports, Tuesday May 6 2008
Correction: to try to get the team. Or did the writer truly mean to guarantee that they'd get out of the slump?
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
-- Tourism Vancouver advertisement in Vancouver: Official Visitors' Guide, 2007-2008
The guide was included in the race pick-up package for all participants of this past weekend's Vancouver marathon and half marathon. Tourism Vancouver, you've officially disappointed me.
But just in case they weren't sure, all they needed to do was look at the name on bib number 1458.
"We have our names on our bibs, and so people were all shouting out, 'Hey Randene, get your butt going, you didn't come here to walk,' and that is energizing," said popular 38-year-old Global BC anchor Randene Neill, who finished her first-ever marathon first among The Province's six team members in a time of 4:09.40. "The support I got throughout the race was phenomenal."
-- TV anchor shows there's room for triumph in busy life in The Province, Monday May 5 2008
The article says Randene wore bib number 1458, but in the article's accompanying pic (not available online), she is clearly wearing a bib that starts with a 1 and ends with 41, with her medal obscuring the second number.
Monday, May 5, 2008
Correction: Acquitted. I believe this was their second or third story, so it's very likely that thousands of viewers would have seen this inexcusable error. But, how many of the viewers noticed the spelling mistake? That's the problem: the average viewer is prone to accept what they see on a reputable news program to be the truth. The average viewer may not need to write the word acquitted any time soon, but when they do, will they spell it without a c? Or, unlike Global, will they first do a spellcheck? Or even crack open a dictionary?
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Correction: Political. Editable online version now has a subheadline identical to the headline. That is neither easier nor better than adding the missing i.
-- Speaking plainly (table of contents) in The Vancouver Courier, Friday May 2 2008
Correction: Either change citing to with, or omit cited.
-- Cloverfield (Hand-held thrills, one-eyed beauty in The Vancouver Courier, Friday May 2 2008
Correction: commentary by Matt Reeves, Cloverfield's director. Use last-name-only only after having used the full name earlier. The first mention of Reeves is with the very last word of the article.
Friday, May 2, 2008
"I was 10 years old when the first film came out," says Jason Kuryto, who now owns and operates Kick-Start Cardio, a company that provides fitness and wellness programs for corporate clients here in the city.
"Pretty much every major event that happened through my teens - my first kiss, first time bungee-jumping, first time public speaking - I had the Indiana Jones soundtrack running through my head. I've got most, if not all, of the first two movies memorized line for line."
Kuryto first heard about Strompolos' film, Raiders: The Adaptation, when he read about the trio in a 2004 Vanity Fair article.
-- Lost and found in 24 Hours Vancouver, Friday May 2nd 2008
Correction: Jason Kurylo. He's a good friend of mine who has organized a fantastic event - Raiders: The Adaptation - that goes down tonight. In this article his name is misspelled all four times mentioned.
Thursday, May 1, 2008
-- Classifieds Announcements on page E35 in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday April 30th 2008
Correction: its. Still clumsy after all these years.
-- Classifieds Announcements on page E35 in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday April 30th 2008
-- Whine whine whine (in seven days ahead) in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday April 30th 2008
Correction: PNE Forum
-- Environmentalists wring hands over paper waste in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday April 30th 2008
Correction: YouProtocol. But, hey - its is correct!
-- City manager rolling in almost $300,000 in The Vancouver Courier, Wednesday April 30th 2008
Two options: its or IT (Information Technology). My guess: its.